National Topics

Apr 10, 2014

DPJ exec backs LDP's 'limited' collective defense plan

A Democratic Party of Japan official told reporters in Washington on Wednesday that the major opposition party should support the proposal on legalizing Japan’s “limited” use of the right to collective self-defense. DPJ Deputy Secretary-General Akihisa Nagashima was referring to the proposal made late ...

Apr 9, 2014

Textbook selection law enacted

A bill to revise the law governing how school textbooks are chosen cleared the Upper House on Wednesday, obliging boards of education to follow decisions by their municipalities’ regional councils over the selection of common textbooks for local schools. The move comes in the ...

Apr 8, 2014

DHC chairman calls resignation 'impressive' move

Following the resignation Monday of Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe amid a scandal involving ¥800 million in loans from major cosmetics company DHC Corp., its chairman, Yoshiaki Yoshida, issued a statement later the same day. “We can say that (Yoshimi Watanabe) has acted in ...

Kyoto re-elects Yamada to top post

Apr 7, 2014

Kyoto re-elects Yamada to top post

by Eric Johnston

Incumbent Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada, 60, easily won re-election Sunday night, defeating rival Nozomu Ozaki, 59, by over a quarter of a million votes in a lackluster race. Strong support from most established political parties and the business community, coupled with the lack of ...

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

Apr 7, 2014

Abe, Abbott reach FTA agreement

by Mizuho Aoki and Reiji Yoshida

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott agreed on a free trade pact Monday in Tokyo, ending seven years of negotiations. “Today’s general agreement has a historic significance for the two nation’s efforts to establish closer ties,” Abe said during a ...